Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it 1 Corinthians 12.27
Why do we gather for this ritual of the Eucharist? There are many reasons, but at the heart of our Eucharistic celebration is Community - it’s there in the words we use to describe this feast: Holy Communion. A communion with God, and with one another. We make community in our gathering, called to be the body of Christ - with all the intimacy and interconnectedness that vivid metaphor contains.
We gather to make community - where all are welcome, not despite who they are, but because of who they are.
We gather to make community - where healing can take place as we open ourselves to God and to each other.
We gather to make community - and to learn to love.
We gather to make community - in our shared ritual and prayer, music, listening and silence.
We gather to make community - where, like a body, each person has a part, each member has their place.
The Eucharist calls us to find our place amongst the community of flawed, fallible and deeply faithful. A community where all have a part to play; where some may offer service in worship, reading, praying, making coffee, greeting, cleaning, administration, hospitality, beautifying our shared space, and/or feeding and caring for the needy. And some may offer service in silence, by simply ‘being’ - learning to rest, to pray, to sit. In the community of the Eucharist, all have their part.